England Women beat New Zealand
BRIDGETOWN – England handed New Zealand their second straight defeat in the Tri-Nation Twenty20 women’s cricket series with a five-wicket victory at Kensington Oval on Wednesday night.
The New Zealanders, who won the toss and batted, were restricted to 109 for five with captain Suzie Bates hitting the top score of 48 off 51 balls with four boundaries.
There were two wickets each for Natalie Sciver and Holly Colvin for 16 and 22 runs respectively.
In response, England won with five balls to spare, scoring 111 for five in 19.1 overs. Captain Charlotte Edwards guided their run-chase with a solid knock of 42 off 56 balls, which contained two fours.
She shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 43 runs with Tammy Beaumont, who was named Player of the Match for her breezy 29 not out, off just 23 balls with two fours and a six. Nicola Browne (two for 18) and Erin Bermingham (two for 23) were the most successful bowlers for the White Ferns.
England and the West Indies will clash in the next match tomorrow night. (EZS)